He wants to be able

To promote his upcoming ‘catholic‘ album (2011) Gavin Friday just released the first album track for free. The track is called ‘Able‘.

The art work for the song relates to the announced album cover. It is well crafted, a bit macaber and dark (expected anything else?), and it refers to mr. Friday’s catholic belief (no capitals!), being Irish, death in a uniform (WW I period-style). And probably much more…

Musically, Able seems at first to continue where Shag Tobacco (1995) stopped. A strong and pulsing beat breaks through an atmosphere of electronic mist, with a soft whispering, late nite voice that is full of latent desire. But on the way low guitars build up and somewhere mid-song they are completely set free and mister Gav launches into some parlando rap-like singing bringing back memories of Adam ‘N’ Eve (1992) work like I Want To Live or The King Of Trash. Bursting into highlights of a vivid horizon of notes, tones and tunes, with lots of strings attached.

Looks like Gav will show his ableness of renewed musical adventures.

Running

I use iTunes playlists for new perspectives on my music collection, but also in support of my running efforts (‘results’ at RunKeeper).

What struck me during my most recent run -8,87 km and 58min30- is how the base BPM of Too Many Puppies*, from my Desperately Dispersed collection of nostalgia, feeds my natural running rhythm. Other highlights are the The Lemonheads‘ version of Mrs. Robinson that starts some euphoria, although it is Calienté, the Revolting Cocks‘ version of the Bauhaus classic Dark Entries (those cajun accelerations…), that completely bans all pain and feet suffering:

  • Alors On Danse -Stromae, 3:28
  • Zanna -Luc van Acker (with Anna Domino), 3:09
  • Renegade Soundwave -Renegade Soundwave, 3:53
  • Love Missile F1-11 -Sigue Sigue Sputnik, 3:47
  • Too Many Puppies -Primus, 3:57
  • La Gueule Du Loup -Daan, 2:57
  • Alors On Danse (Extended Mix) -Stromae, 4:18
  • Living Is So Easy -British Sea Power, 3:13
  • Time Bomb -Rancid, 2:24
  • Ruby Soho -Rancid, 2:38
  • Mrs. Robinson -The Lemonheads, 3:46
  • Duel -Propaganda, 4:48
  • Calienté (Dark Entries) -Revolting Cocks, 4:27
  • Rattlesnakes -Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, 3:26
  • Shout -Tears for Fears, 6:32
  • Zeus -British Sea Power, 4:29

* Still feel that Primus was the most convincing with the ‘Sailing The Seas Of Cheese’ full album.

Top 2010 Music

Top 1

My absolute number 1 album of 2010 was made by absolute oldies revisiting 30 years of absolute musical top history and upgrading that into an absolutely refreshing top piece of modern rock: Killing Joke with Absolute Dissent. The absolute fierceness of Pandemonium and subsequent recordings combined with highly Night-time‘ish danceable bass lines and melodies that take them out of the pure fuzz and chaos from the basements of hell back into the early land of dub and dark disco. Celebrating the return of an absolute icon drummer. An emotional goodbye to The Raven King (who unknowingly re-united the original band). In Excelsis indeed…

Top 6

Completing my top 2010 albums are:

2) Grinderman – Grinderman 2: an unexpectedly varied album from a well-oiled band of howling friends, sharing wolfman fantasies and slapping melodic tales across weeping violins

3) JonsiGo: a vivid flow of natural love, an uptempo scream full of desire to live and to enjoy… joy

4) RPA & The United Nations of Sound: the newest incarnation of Richard Ashcroft wanders off into soul, funk and unexpected guitar solo’s

5) Tired PonyThe place we ran from: an incarnation of Gary Lightbody wanders with a bunch of talented friends off into deserted American sceneries with some folky country music. A place to run to…

6) David BowieThe Reality Tour: one artist wandered in 2003 off into all of his incarnations with a splendid collection of superbly performed hit songs

Somewhat different

I love Editors for releasing some magnificent EP’s to follow up their In This Light And On This Evening, adding special editions and new experiments on You don’t know love and Eat raw meat = blood drool.

Trent Reznor did not only create the terrific soundtrack for The Social Network with Atticus Ross but pointed me also on the adorable electronic music of Sonoio.

Belgian maturity

Belgian heroes of international quality Gabriel Rios and An Pierlé (& White Velvet) really surprised with their mature, well balanced and rich albums The Dangerous Return and Hinterland, full of rich compositions.

Terwijl Bart Peeters mij terug voor zich won met de prachtige wereldmix op De Ideale Man, na zijn (te) donkere vorige album.

En de Fixkes zijn niet enkel een superaanwinst voor de Nederlandstalige rock, maar na het zalige Kvraagetaan, het geniale duet met Axelle Red Over ‘t Water en de gierende interpretatie van Kodazuur hebben ze op het nieuwe album Superheld met Rock-n-Roll weer een prachtige vorm van melancholie gelanceerd.

Zeven Zinnen Zo Gezegd

Dimitri Verhulst schreef ter illustratie en overpeinzing een verhaal bij elk van de zeven laatste zinnen die de gekruisigde aan het kruis uitsprak volgens één of andere vorm van testament.
De inspiratie werd hem aangereikt door het Ensor Strijkkwartet en hun uitvoering van Die Sieben Letzten Worte van Joseph Haydn. Het geheel werd parelachtig gebundeld in een lees- en luisterboek met de bespiegelingen van Verhulst, zowel geschreven als gesproken, en de muziekstukken door Ensor, zowel geschreven (partituren) als uitgevoerd.

L’introduzione

In 1786 -de altaren waren nog zonder dwaal- zag Cádiz de première van Joseph Haydns Die Sieben Letzten Worte Unseres Erlösers Am Kreuze.

Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt
Vader, vergeef hen, want zij weten niet wat zij doen

Vergeven? Zoals.. vergiftigen? Dat wel. Want die smeerlap, moordenaar en verkrachter van Rinus’ kind, wist maar al te goed wat hij deed.

Amen dico tibi: Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso
Voorwaar ik zeg u: heden nog zult gij bij me zijn in het paradijs

Omar is Hotel Problemski voorbij en staart naar de ijskoude zee van Zeebrugge. Hopende dat hij vanavond nog in het paradijs zal zijn. Zolang hij de container naar Londen maar vindt en… overleeft.

Mulier ecce filius tuus
Vrouw, ziedaar uw zoon

Thuis heeft Martha alles klaar voor de ontvangst van haar zoon. Als hij na het kamp ook de trein maar overleeft, zoals die andere wandelende skeletten. Morgen misschien, op de volgende trein.

Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?
Mijn god, mijn god, waarom hebt gij mij verlaten?

De avond van 11 februari 1983, een vrijdag, viel de hemel op de schedel van mijn vader. Ze was er vanonder, en had de zoon meegepakt. De teef.

Sitio
Ik heb dorst

Rosa, Rozeken, zijn meisje van 80 met kanker mag 24 uur niet eten of drinken na haar operatie. En als ze dorst heeft?

Consummatum est
Het is volbracht!

Een slecht leven was dat niet. Van de overblijver. De schrijver.
Maar zijn tijd is op. Het is volbracht. En hij is bang.

In manus tuas Domine, commendo spiritum meum
Vader, in uw handen beveel ik mijn geest

Zolang zij niemand het bevel geeft de stekker uit te trekken, zal hij er zijn. Straks dus niet meer. Volgens de volmacht van hun huwelijk.

Il terremoto

Kent u die mop van de homofiele olifant?

Consider Defragmenting

In my growth towards appreciation of my music beyond album boundaries I have glued together a number of unconnected songs in a fragmentally wild collection of old time radio classics, highlights from new albums, prereleases, rarities and other forms of favourites. Creating an iMix on iTunes won’t work (yet?), so here’s my way of sharing it.

The list contains 42 songs and it lasts 2,7 hours:

  • Tired Pony: I Finally Love This Town (2010)
  • The House of Love: Shine On (from: The House of Love, 1988)
  • Warpaint: Ashes to Ashes (Single, 2010)
  • Soul Coughing: Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago (from: Ruby Vroom, 1994)
  • Soul Asylum: Runaway Train (from: Grave Dancers Union, 1992)
  • Interpol: Barricade (Single, 2010)
  • Interpol: Lights (Single, 2010)
  • Black Grape: Kelly’s Heroes (from: It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah, 1995)
  • The Charlatans: The Only One I Know (from: Melting Pot, 1997)
  • Siglo XX: It’s All Over Now (from: Siglo XX: The Early Eighties (1980-1986), 2006)

Rest of list: Continue Reading

Not tired of animals

It is hard to escape the familiarity of Gary Lightbody‘s voice, but Tired Pony feels like more than his side project. The band members and the presence of companion-producer Jacknife Lee are just too impressive.
But calling their album The Place We Ran From a country album is not too satisfactory as well. Although it seems that Gary intended his songs, written while touring with Snow Patrol, to be so. Maybe little country songs, like comparing a pony to a horse.

However, the acoustic guitars, the slide guitars, a bit of violin and banjo are sufficient to distinguish most of the work from what we’ve generally known from mr. Lightbody in Snow Patrol-disguise. The small step from a reindeer (section) to a (tired) pony. And it does express a certain fascination with a romantic country side of the USA.
But at the same time there is undeniably a great similarity with Snow Patrol’s work in the overall production, and certainly the instrumentation and lyrics of part of the album. And Get On The Road very actively reminds me of Set The Fire To The Third Bar (a great compliment). Tom Smith’s voice then is so overwhelming and present that The Good Book could have been a native Editors song, certainly given Editors’ recent sound expansions (like the acoustic Raw Meat).

UNited, UNified, UNique he stands

Richard Ashcroft has mutated into his third musical incarnation by moving to the American land of far, far away, and assembling a complete new band. All together the party shall be known as RPA & The United Nations Of Sound. Great embroidery to show their vision too.

And the band lives up to the promise of its name in creating a sound that UNites the best of Richard’s musical inheritance in a UNified sound that is distinctly recognizable as well as new and UNique. Richard added a magnificent portion of Soul to his familiar, natural flow of sounds. A bit of funk too. The lyrics are in sync with his aim to UNite the UNiverse, and prove the equality of men and sounds. It’s the central theme beyond the personal.

Enjoy the anthem to announce the new era, a scream to humanity: